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391 participants from the countries of Central Asia, near and far abroad, more than 80 speakers, 3 pre-conference sessions, 5 plenary sessional sessions, 5 parallel sessions, a post-conference session of networks of public organizations, an exhibition of climate-resilient technologies - this is not a complete list characterizing this largest environmental event dedicated to promoting regional cooperation and partnerships in climate change adaptation and mitigation in Central Asia.

This conference is becoming regular and thanks to the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia and the World Bank’s CAMP4ASB project for the second time gathering representatives of international and regional organizations, multilateral development banks, national organizations, civil society organizations, leading experts on climate change, scientific organizations, young leaders and representatives of the environmental sector. (the first conference was held in 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan).

This amazing “cocktail” of participants of the Climate Conferences of Central Asia provides the most comprehensive and diverse picture of the perception of climate change, a panorama of actions in all areas of all stakeholders and a common vision of how to solve the problem, which is one of the main challenges for stable socio-economic development of countries in the region.

As a result of the Conference, an Appeal was made to develop regional cooperation and joint implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures, which will soon be posted on the climate portal of the Regional Environmental Center of Central Asia

The appeal points to the need to take a number of critical steps on which the efforts of stakeholders can be focused. Among them are the further development of dialogue, the exchange of knowledge and information, the dissemination of information on best practices and technologies, the attraction of additional investments in support of initiatives, the enhancement of technical and expert potential, etc.

Representatives of more than 30 public organizations (NGOs) from Central Asian countries, representatives of climate networks, eco-forums and environmental movements took part in the conference. In modern conditions, overcoming problems related to climate change cannot be the prerogative of only state and scientific organizations , donors, the public itself, civil society organizations, can make and already make a significant contribution to solving the problem at the level of ordinary citizens, farmers, actively participating in making on climate issues, the practical implementation of adaptation programs, are the most important partner in the dialogue of stakeholders.

One of the important results of the Conference was the process of creating the Climate Network of NGOs in Central Asia. This kind of “Network of Networks” united national networks of civil society from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, working on climate change and environmental issues. On April 5, within the framework of the post-conference session, a memorandum on cooperation of national networks was signed, a joint action plan was developed at the regional and national levels.

Of course, the Conference made a significant contribution to strengthening further regional cooperation on climate change issues. Its success and results will be seen in further joint actions, and now its participants thanks to the organizers have been able to increase their potential, share experience in project implementation, have received not only a common vision, but also motivation for further action. The next Central Asian Climate Change Conference will be held in 2020.

Yuri Skochilov,

Co-coordinator of the Climate Network TajCN, Tajikistan